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Adventures / Surfing / Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves

Bo Bridges

Video footage by Bo Bridges

Which surfers showed up? "All of them."
— Bo Bridges

The world’s most daring surfers rushed to Hawaii this weekend for the chance to ride some huge waves. The massive northwest swell hit Saturday night through Sunday, with sets rolling to Pe’ahi, or Jaws, that reached 60+ feet. Most people run away from monster forces of nature such as these waves—but not these brave souls. ROAM contributor Bo Bridges is our eyes and ears in the channel on a JetSki, wearing his carbon fiber helmet, reporting back on what happens and showing us the behind the scenes.

The California-based photographer called our office on Thursday afternoon unable to contain his excitement. There was no way Bo could miss this action. He arrived in Maui Saturday night, then organized his gear for a predawn departure. He was hoping to track Maui-native Ian Walsh, who Bo shot Ian surfing the wave of his life at Jaws in November, as well as Mark Healy, John John Florence, Shane Dorian, Kai Lenny, and others.

Bo headed out at 4:30 a.m. Hawaii time on Sunday morning. See photos below from the incredible day. Stay tuned for more updates as we get them. 

ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
Predawn start. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
They found the swell! Kai Lenny is first out! Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
Shane Dorian and Ian Walsh have a look. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
Nathan Florence goes huge. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
The largest faces were estimated at 55 to 60 feet. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
Kai Lenny goes next level—he pulled out his foil board in the mega swell. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
Stay tuned for video from this epic session. Photo by Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfers Rush to Hawaii for Insanely Huge Waves
The sun sets. Photo by Bo Bridges


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